Starting a Community

My Struggle to Legalize Sustainable Living

Posted on October 1, 2015 by

After nearly three decades of activity, a pioneering eco-community collapses under the weight of legal attacks by a small group of neighbors.

It Takes All Kinds to Raise a Village

Posted on September 21, 2015 by

After an engaged local citizenry creates cultural shifts, a city endorses rather than prosecutes code-bending strategies that promote resilient community.

My Intentional Community and the Law

Posted on September 11, 2015 by

Breitenbush has a long history of dealing with legalities and illegalities, from installing a volcano as their “boiler” and blocking old-growth logging to successfully petitioning for a zoning variance.

Zoning Nightmare: Hartford’s Scarborough Street House

Posted on September 1, 2015 by

An unconventional family fights to stay in their collective house in the face of antiquated local ordinances which suppress community living.

Free Land on a Tropical Island!?

Posted on March 6, 2015 by

Free land on a tropical island!? Pitcairn, a small remote paradise-like island in the South Pacific is running out of people. They are giving land for free to people who want to settle there. Could it make a good Ecovillage location? “With an aging population of around 50 people, this British Overseas Territory is seeking… Read More

From Conversation to Community: How a Bunch of Mates Bought Some Land Together

Posted on October 21, 2014 by

“Wouldn’t it be great to buy a block of land together in the bush?” Dinner party conversations yield unexpected fruit.

Vision, Money, and Sustainability: Bringing in Renters while Building the Dream

Posted on July 29, 2014 by

In the quest for sustainability, long-term goals can yield to short-term needs and opportunities, fertilizing new growth in unpredictable ways.

Sharing Spaces, Sharing Values: Entrepreneurship at Dragon’s Nest Cooperative Homestead

Posted on July 18, 2014 by

“Founder’s joy” can wear off very quickly in the chaos of financial instability and unclear agreements.

The Peace Bridge

Posted on September 14, 2013 by

Tamarack Institute and FIC invite all of us to share our conversations about community.

Elders in Community

Posted on September 14, 2013 by

Two community founders offer ongoing lessons and inspiration.

Yes, Wealthy People Want to Live in Community in Sustainable Ways Too!

Posted on June 7, 2013 by
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The facilitator of a telephone support group offers 14 suggestions from current or aspiring communitarians with significant financial resources.

An Interview with Ira Wallace

Posted on March 7, 2013 by

A community pioneer and activist shares her stories.

Achieving Affordability with Cohousing

Posted on March 7, 2013 by

Cohousing is intrinsically an affordable model; here’s why and how.

Creating a Community of Homesteaders

Posted on March 7, 2013 by

A land trust with leaseholds keeps members’ costs down while allowing a combination of autonomy and connection.

Affordability: Angst and Angels

Posted on March 7, 2013 by

Kara Huntermoon of Heart-Culture Farm shares her community’s affordability strategies.

New Beginnings at Oakleigh Meadow Cohousing

Posted on December 7, 2012 by

A forming cohousing group experiences its share of bumps, but comes together to move forward.

My Advice to Others Planning to Start an Ecovillage

Posted on September 7, 2012 by

An ecovillage founder offers 10 guidelines for success, including “Start with people.”

Vision and Reality in Ecotopia

Posted on September 7, 2012 by

Innovative ecovillagers turn challenges into opportunities.

Living the Questions

Posted on September 7, 2012 by

Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage grapples with obstacles to create a visionary housing project in rural Maine.

Coming of Age

Posted on September 7, 2012 by
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In Ithaca, New York, a pioneering project continues to break new ground in ecological design, education, and community.

Creating eCohousing

Posted on September 7, 2012 by
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The Yarrow Ecovillage uses the cohousing model to create ecological buildings that meet their occupants’ needs.

Ecovillage Infrastructure

Posted on September 7, 2012 by
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Water supply, human waste treatment, zoning regulations, legal structure, homeownership models, and other core technical issues are essential in ecovillage planning.

An Ecovillage Future

Posted on September 7, 2012 by
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For the health of our species and the planet, we need ecovillages.

Spirit in the Woods

Posted on March 7, 2012 by

At New View Cohousing, practicing consensus, navigating illness, and simply
sharing lives are continuing spiritual exercises.

Creating Spiritual Community at the Hermitage

Posted on March 7, 2012 by

To these communitarians, all work was holy—but overwhelmed by “the
accumulating weight of such holiness” and other disappointments, they
eventually adjust their aspirations.

How Permaculture Stole My Community!

Posted on December 7, 2011 by
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After a painful period stranded in “permaculture heaven,” an Earthaven founder finds her community finally moving back towards balance with its eco-spiritual roots.

Unto the Second Generation

Posted on September 7, 2011 by

When a cohousing group’s honeymoon ends, and economic stress dictates selling units to any willing buyers, can a community’s core values and connections endure?

A Communitarian Conundrum

Posted on June 7, 2011 by
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Despite widespread desire for community, structural and cultural obstacles to intentional community in the modern world loom large.

And I Listen

Posted on December 7, 2010 by

Howling, shouting, cries of despair, and The Pierced One greet a parent on her first visit to her daughter’s adopted community. Luckily, through lots of talking and listening, things improve.

Balancing Powers

Posted on September 7, 2010 by
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In a healthy community, leadership and followship are equally important roles, each with vital skill sets that can assure effective teamwork.